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26-06-2018 - Information by BSE-Sofia (Press release by BSE-Sofia)

High level representatives of more than 20 most dynamic Bulgarian companies joined the first of its kind seminar organized in Bulgaria by London Stock Exchange Group’s (LSEG) business support and capital raising programme for high growth companies, ELITE. During the event firms received valuable insights on how they can benefit from capital markets opportunities, as well as on how digital tools can foster future growth.
Companies participating represent different sectors of the Bulgarian economy, including: Avtomotor Corporation/Citroen, Bulpros, El Stomana, Euromaster Import Export, Kuminiano Fruit, MB Metalwork, Powerent, Scale Focus, Sirma Group, STEMO and etc.
The seminar was implemented in partnership with the Bulgarian Stock Exchange and UniCredit Bulbank. It focused on building expertise and administrative skills for capital raising.
Ivan Takev, CEO of the Bulgarian Stock Exchange:
"We strive to create a lively and agile ecosystem of dynamic and prosperous Bulgarian SMEs that are keen to explore all the existing opportunities for raising capital to invest in their growth. To achieve this ambitious goal, LSEG’s ELITE programme is the right partner. We are confident that this seminar was the first step from a strategic partnership, which we are going to develop in the future.”
Luca Peyrano, CEO, ELITE:  
“We are delighted to see over 20 Bulgarian SMEs participating in today’s seminar. ELITE brings growing businesses together and gives them the opportunity to inspire each other, exchange ideas, share best practices and identify mutual business opportunities. With eight Bulgarian companies already on the programme, ELITE is uniquely placed to work in partnership with the Bulgarian Stock Exchange and UniCredit Bulbank towards creating a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem in which the fastest growing companies can thrive.”
Antoaneta Curteanu, Head of CIB and Private Banking, UniCredit Bulbank:
“We see rising interest among our clients seeking new opportunities provided by UniCredit and London Stock Exchange’s ELITE. Bulgarian companies are amongst the most dynamic participants in our joint programme. The unique knowledge that the participants in this workshop received, as well as their determined approach, and the favourable economic environment are the best prerequisite for future success.”
Seminar’s key topics included: preparation for capital raising, pre-contractual arrangements, companies’ core principles and structure, best practice for corporate governance, as well as the interactive digital self-assessment session
"ELITE Growth Compass" intended to evaluate company readiness in the field. Seminar lectures  featured experts from LSEG, UniCredit, BSE, and public companies.
ELITE is designed to help ambitious companies scale up, structure and be more competitive in the global marketplace. The programme combines education, business support, mentoring and access to expertise and funding. Since its foundation in 2012, ELITE has grown into an ecosystem that covers nearly 900 companies across 35 industries around the world.